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Forres Osprey Bus team needs volunteers

By Garry McCartney

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The charity's social media appeal picture.
The charity's social media appeal picture.

A LOCAL charity that provides free community transport is keen to recruit new trustees.

Forres Osprey Bus (FOB) requires a new secretary, a pool of drivers and someone with an interest in mechanics to keep the service running for first time users and regulars including the Forres OAP Association.

Trustee Lorna Creswell confirmed that FOB is to review its procedures to simplify bookings following extended periods of non-use during coronavirus lockdowns.

She said: “We want to make booking as straightforward as possible. The vehicle has regular users but could accommodate more. Forres Area Community Trust has a list of groups that have used the vehicle and we are collecting names from anyone keen to be added.We’re trying to link activities that older people attend with the use of the bus. We also need folk to tell us where it is needed.”

FOB has provided transport for older people and those with disabilities since 1973.

The Osprey Trust meets every two months. FOB’s recent AGM was by Zoom but the group has also used the community centre and town hall for face-to-face meetings.

Lorna said: “We’re looking for drivers to be in a pool for groups who don’t have their own.

“We also need a secretary to follow up taking notes at our meetings - Jo Lenihan has taken on secretary and treasurer roles until we get help.

“Volunteers are also required for a couple of hours-a-month to drive or check the vehicle.”

The bus can be booked by calling 01309 674 388 or by emailing info@forresarea.org, marking the email Osprey Bus Booking.

Lorna added: “The usual cost of fuel charged is around 45p per mile. We depend on donations but sometimes these don’t cover fuel so we’re reviewing how we can raise funds to keep the minibus going and replace it when needed.”

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